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Bastille
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Information
Origin

London

Genres

Indie pop, pop rock, synth-pop

Years active

2010 - present

Labels

Virgin Records

Members

Dan Smith
Kyle Simmons
Will Farquarson
Chris "Woody" Wood

Bastille is an indie band that formed in London in 2010. The current members are Dan, Kyle, Will, and Woody. They are named after Bastille Day, which coincides with lead singer Dan Smith's birthday.

Career

On July 4th, 2011, through the Young and Lost Club they released their first single, "Flaws"/"Icarus".[1] This was followed by the Laura Palmer EP in November.[2] They signed to Virgin Records that year and released their second single "Overjoyed" in April 2012. They released two more singles afterward, "Bad Blood" and "Flaws" and released two mixtapes called Other People's Heartache and Other People's Heartache Pt. II.

In late 2012, they announced details of their first album Bad Blood. They released "Pompeii" in January 2013, which did very well commercially and chart wise, and it has since gone platinum in the UK and platinum and gold in various other countries. Bad Blood was released in March 2013, and reached number one in the UK and the top 40 in various other countries. They released a couple more singles, and then re-issued Bad Blood as All This Bad Blood with a second CD with B sides and new songs on it. In February 2014, the band won Best Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards and were nominated for three others.

On September 9th, 2016 Bastille released their second album, Wild World. This album included the singles "Good Grief", "Send Them Off!", "Blame" and "Glory". The album peaked at number 1 in the UK and number 4 on the US Billboard 200. It has been certified gold in the UK.

On May 9th, 2018 the band released "Quarter Past Midnight", the lead single from their third album Doom Days.

On August 17th, 2018, the band released "Happier", a single in collaboration with Marshmello, which reached a high of number 2 on the UK Official Charts, and the Billboard Hot 100.

On December 7th, 2018 the band released "Other People's Heartache, Pt. IV" - the fourth installment in the bands "Other People's Heartache" mixtapes.

On June 14th, 2019 the band released their third album Doom Days. This album included the singles "Quarter Past Midnight", "Doom Days", "Joy" and "Those Nights". On December 6th, 2019 an extended version of Doom Days entitled Doom Days (This Got Out Of Hand Edition) was released, featuring 11 new songs, such as "Comfort of Strangers", "Hangin'" and "Admit Defeat".

On December 4th, 2020 the band released an EP entitled Goosebumps EP, which featured the tracks "WHAT YOU GONNA DO???" (Featuring Graham Coxon), "survivin'" and "Goosebumps" (Featuring Kenny Beats). This EP was seen as a salute to the "trilogy" of the previous three albums: Bad Blood, Wild World, and Doom Days.

On January 21st, 2021 the band released a ReOrchestrated version of "Warmth", a song off of their second album, as an Amazon Exclusive. This was followed by an Amazon Prime Video documentary entitled "Bastille - ReOrchestrated", which was released on February 5th, 2021. Shortly after, an EP entitled Roots of ReOrchestrated was released, on March 19th 2021.

On June 23rd 2021, they released the lead single "Distorted Light Beam" from their upcoming album. The song, along with a vast amount of others on the album was co-written, and co-produced with OneRepublic lead singer Ryan Tedder. On July 15th, 2021, the band released the second single and title track from their fourth album, Give Me The Future.

The bands fourth album was released on February 4th, 2022. This album included the singles "Distorted Light Beam", "Give Me The Future", "Thelma + Louise", "No Bad Days", and "Shut Off The Lights". On February 6th, 2022 a deluxe edition of the album was released, adding an extra interlude, one new song, and a remix of "Shut Off The Lights".

2009-2012: Formation and early work

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Bastille playing "Pompeii" in 2011

2012-2014: Bad Blood

Main article: Bad Blood

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Bastille signed to Virgin Records in early 2012 and released their second single "Overjoyed", but due to little promotion for the single, it failed to chart. In early 2012, they also released the mixtape Other People's Heartache as a free download, which featured covers of various different songs. They began recording their debut album in June 2012, for which Dan Smith said, "We basically made the album in a studio the size of a cupboard, so it was one extreme to the other." They released a third single, "Bad Blood", in August 2012, which managed to chart a number 90 in the UK Singles Chart. In late 2012, they released Other People's Heartache Pt. II, and had finished recording their debut album, but were deciding on the tracklist. They re-released "Flaws" as a proper single in October 2012 on vinyl and digital download, and it managed to chart at number twenty-one on the UK Singles Chart. In support of the single's release, they headlined their short Flaws Tour.

Bad Blood was announced in January 2013, along with the track listing and the next single, "Pompeii". "Pompeii" was released on February 24th, 2013, on vinyl and as a digital download, and debuted at number two in the UK, as well as number five in the US. The single has been certified platinum in the UK, and double platinum in the US. Following this single, Bad Blood was released on March 4th, 2013, and managed to reach number one in the UK. Two more singles were released from the album which were "Laura Palmer" in June and "Things We Lost in the Fire" in August.

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In May 2013, they released the US-only EP Haunt. Bastille joined Muse as a supporting act on their The 2nd Law Tour in May 2013 and did so again in June 2013.

Bad Blood was reissued on the November 25th, 2013, as a double album called All This Bad Blood. The first disc is a reissue of Bad Blood, and the second disc is split into two parts, titled All This Bad Blood and Other People's Heartache. All This Bad Blood contains four songs that were previously released as B-sides from the singles of Bad Blood.

Bastille at the Brit Awards

The band performed on Saturday Night Live on January 25th, 2014. In February 2014, Bastille won the BRIT Award for Best Breakthrough Act, as well as being nominated for Best British Group, Single of the Year for "Pompeii" and Album of the Year. They performed a remixed version of "Pompeii" with Rudimental and their song "Waiting All Night" at the ceremony, which was released digitally and charted at number twenty-one in the UK. Two hours after their appearance, sales of Bad Blood were up by 132% and "Pompeii" had climbed 29 places in the singles chart.[3] Bad Blood then climbed to number one again for two weeks, and has since gone double platinum.[4] "Oblivion" might be the next single from Bad Blood. A music video for the song was shot in June 2014.

2014: Second album

Main article: Wild World

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Bastille began work on their second album in early 2014.[5] Also during this time, they started playing "Blame", "Campus", and "Weapon featuring Angel Haze" live. Dan said that they were going to begin recording the album in September 2014, planned for release in 2015. He also said that "Blame" and "Campus" "will definitely be on the next album".[6]

They also released a mixtape, in December 2014.[6] It was titled VS.,  with "Other People's Heartache Pt. III" as a sub-title. He said that the album was released when they were "allowed to release it". Dan said he was also planning to record an Annie Oakley Hanging album in 2014.[6]

Members

Current members

  • Dan Smith - lead vocals, percussion, keyboards (2010–present)
  • Will Farquarson - bass, guitars, keyboards, backing vocals (2010–present)
  • Kyle Simmons - keyboards, synths, bass, percussion, backing vocals (2010–present)
  • Chris "Woody" Wood - drums, percussion, backing vocals (2010–present)

Touring members

Discography

Main article: Discography

References

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